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National Trust


Location: Ashridge Estate, Visitor Centre, Berkhamstead, HP4 1LT

Contract Type: Permanent Contract

Reference/IRC: IRC137944

Closing Date: 04/06/2023

Salary: £23,200 per annum

Working in some of the nation’s most stunning places and spaces, come rain or shine, your love of the outdoors will inspire others as you strive to ensure that landscapes are beautifully presented and continue to take our visitors’ breath away.

You’ll be expected to work regular weekends and bank holidays as required.

This vacancy is included in a trial of the ‘Disability Confident’ scheme (level 1).

If you have a disability, and your qualities, skills and experience are a good fit with the 'Who we're looking for' section below, we will guarantee you either a telephone or face to face interview. Please contact us at, when you apply, to let us know, quoting the reference number for this vacancy.

You’ll help with the protection and care of habitats, wildlife and property, using a range of machinery such as chainsaws, brushcutters and driving tractors. Working outdoors in all weathers you’ll be involved in all aspects of our work including chalk grassland management, scrub control, halo-thinning of veteran trees, and thinning of woodlands - often leading teams of volunteers to help achieve these objectives. Driving a range of estate vehicles, you will also help to maintain the estate infrastructure and extensive rights of way network including installing and repairing fencing and waymarkers.

Your passion will inspire others to love this beautiful place as much as you do, ensuring that visitors have a first-rate experience at Ashridge. You will have the opportunity to take responsibility for small projects and you’ll need to be confident dealing with difficult situations. You need to be numerate and have great written and verbal communication skills.

You’ll need;

  • Practical experience in land, conservation and access management in a woodland and grassland context with a love for wildlife and nature conservation
  • A willingness to work independently and take forward projects without supervision
  • A proven track record of working with volunteers with experience of leading work parties
  • Good people skills – the ability to build and maintain strong relationships internally with colleagues, and externally
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in using a variety of machines including chainsaw (CS30/31 equivalent), brushcutter, pedestrian mower, tractors and associated implements
  • Practical estate management skills such as fencing, gate installation and maintaining site fabric
  • A full UK driving licence

For further information and to apply please click here

Closing Date: 04/06/2023  Location: Ashridge Estate, Visitor Centre, Berkhamstead, HP4 1LT

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